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Association of Welsh Insurance Committees. Mr. F. Llewellyn-Jones' Presi- dential Address. The first annual meeting of the recently- formed Association of Welsh Insurance Committees was held on Thursday at Shrewsbury. Mr F. Llewellyn-Jones (Mold) was elected first president. GLAMORGAN'S POSITION. On the question of representation, Glam- organshire Insurance Committee had decid- ed not to join the association, and at a meeting of the provisional executive com- mittee, Dr. Ewan J. Maclean (of Cardiff) and M essrs. F. Llewellyn-Jones and J. W. Morris were requested to seek a conference with Glamorganshire with a view to bring- ing that county into co-operation with the rest of Wales and Monmouthshire through the association. Mr. F. Llewellyn-Jones (of Mold), who presided as the chairman of the association pro. tern., reported that terms had been ar- ranged, and he moved that they be approved of, the motion being carried unanimously. The annual meeting of the association is to be held every alternate year in Cardiff, Swansea, or Newport. Committees having over 9,000 and less than 150,000 insured per- sons on their registers will be entitled to send four representatives, over 150,000 and under 250,000 six representatives, and over 250,000 eight representatives. OFFICERS. The election of the first officers of the association took place, Mr. F. Llewellyn- Jones being appointed president; Dr. E. J. Maclean, vice-president Mr. D. S. Davies (Denbigh), hon. treasurer; and Mr. Ivor T. Phillips (clerk to the Newport Insurance Committee), secretary. PRE SI DENT'S ADDRESS. In the course of a short presidential ad- dress, Mr. Llewellyn-Jones said that so far the meetings had been devoted almost en- tirely to the creating of the machinery of the association, but those who had attend- ed had had an opportunity of meeting those men who in various parts of Wales were engaged in the work of administering the National Insurance Act, and he believed that the forming of the personal acquaint- ance with their colleagues was an advantage which could not be over-estimted (applause). The Act which they were called upon to administer was without doubt the greatest measure of constructive social reform which the British Parliament had enacted (ap- plause). The soundness of its principles was recognised by all, and criticism, except that irresponsible criticism which was due to unworthy motives and which could be dis- regarded, had been directed to details. They all knew that the Act would have to be amended in many particulars, and pos- sibly its operation would have to be enlarged and extended in certain directions. When the Executive, with this object, prepared its legislative proposals, and when the Legisla- ture proceeded to deal with them, it would be of untold advantage that it would be pos- sible to consult a body representing the matured opinion of those responsible for the administration of the Insurance Act (ap- plause). So far as Wales was concerned, their association would be able to indicate with confidence the direction which amend- ing or extending legislation should take (ap- plause). REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN. Mrs. Beatrice Breese (Carnarvonshire) called attention to the fact that no special provision had been made for the representa- tion of women on the association, and moved that the rules of the association be altered so that in the case of Insurance Committees having more than 20,000 insur- ed persons one of the representatives to be appointed should be a woman. Mr. D. S. Davies seconded. The proposition was put to the conference and lost by a substantial majority. It was, however, by a large majority de- cided, 011 the motion of Mr. Peter Hughes (Carnarvon), seconded by Mr. T. H. Ed- wards (Pembrokeshire), to request the Welsh Insurance Committees to elect a woman as one of their representatives at the meetings of the association. 0 THE DRUG FUND. Mr. E. D. Jones, clerk to the Denbigh- shire Insurance Committee, raised the ques- tion of the adequacy of the drug fund, which, he said, was becoming a burning one in the administration of medical benefit. As to the adequacy of the existing allow- ances, there were conflicting opinions. Where there was a deficiency, he attributed it to excessive sickness and extravagance, if not incompetence, in prescribing. He had been trained from his youth up to look upon the medical profesion as a law unto themselves (laughter). Therefore, he ap- proached the question of excessive prescrib- ing with trembling deference (laughter). He had seen five hundred tablets, sufficient for three months' course, given in one pre- scription, a quart of syrup of hypophos- phites to be taken in teaspoonful doses specified in another, half a pound of oil of eucalyptus in another, and four pounds of extract of malt and oil in another (laughter). As remedies, he suggested an effective cheeking of prescriptions and the cost per prescription per doctor should be taken out. When certain doctors were found to be offending in this direction there was a ten- dency to brand the whole profession. The speaker also advised that the che- mists should be made more use of, and that there should be a little more co-operation and a better understanding between the chemists and the medical men. Dr. Maclean remarked that it would not do to generalise from such instances as had been quoted. Some doctors did not rse up dl the drug fund, and the chemists had a p r idea of tho.-i.' doctors (Inlighter). When ,1 the drug fund was used np everything | was about as it should be, but when far u.ore than the (!rug fund was expended the chemists had their views about the doctors also (laughter).

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